Scientific Writing, 2 credits

Vetenskapligt skrivande

COURSE INFORMATION

Language of instruction: English
Course period: First week of December 2023
Campus teaching or online teaching: Campus teaching

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES

Admitted to PhD studies; ideally students are working on the first draft of a manuscript from their PhD and have a draft introduction to work on during the course.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

- Learn how to effectively write a research article by understanding the intended structure of an article including the abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusions sections
- Learn how to develop clear and effective storylines
- Learn how the peer-review and publication system works including how to submit a manuscript, how decisions are made by editors and how to respond to reviewer comments
- Learn how to write the introduction (kappa) of a PhD thesis
- Develop skills contributing to clear and strong writing styles by comparing examples of good and bad writing
- Develop skills contributing to making clear figures and tables by comparing examples of good and bad results sections
- Develop writing skills that are transferable to report writing and popular science outside of academia
- Learn how to effectively provide constructive feedback to others in the role of being a co-author
- Learn how to verbally communicate your research in a compelling way and give a three minute ‘elevator pitch’ for specialists in your field and in a popular science manner for non-specialists
- Learn how bibliometrics are calculated

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE 

This course focuses on developing written and oral communication skills that are an asset for transferring the knowledge and understanding arising from PhD work to others in academia, as well as outside academia. This course gives PhD students a strong set of core writing skills including tricks and tips to give them a head start and feel confident in communicating their research to peers at the international level. The course is specialized for the writing styles associated with the different sub-disiplines across the natural sciences and technology. Students will learn how to target a range of journals spanning from specialist and generalist journals and how to write popular science articles for the public.

COURSE CONTENTS

We will discuss all aspects of scientific writing, including the format and content of the scientific paper, the publishing system, how to submit a paper, the variety of journals to submit to, authorship, the peer-review system, how to review a paper, how to respond to reviewer comments, editorship, bibliometrics and the doctoral thesis.

INSTRUCTION

The course includes a combination of lectures, group work, writing exercises, class discussions and guest speakers.

ASSESSMENT

Submit all exercises, participate in all activities and attend all lectures.

COURSE EXAMINER

Dolly Kothawala, dolly.kothawala@ebc.uu.se

DEPARTMENT WITH MAIN RESPONSIBILITY

Ecology and Genetics (EBC)

CONTACT PERSON/S 

Dolly Kothawala, dolly.kothawala@ebc.uu.se

APPLICATION

Submit the application for admission to: dolly.kothawala@ebc.uu.se
Submit the application not later than: November 15, 2023

Last modified: 2022-10-26